Beye Hails Newcastle Fans’ Incredible Welcome

Newcastle’s new signing from Marseilles, Habib Beye, was touched by the great reception he received from the Newcastle fans before Saturday’s hard fought 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic.

The 29-year-old former Marseilles captain was introduced to the Newcastle supporters at St. James Park’ Park crowd on Saturday afternoon, after signing a three-year deal with the club just before midnight on Friday.

The noise generated by the Geordie supporters was so loud and enthusiastic, that the Senegalese right-back had to admit it took him by complete surprise.


Habib Beye – touched by Newcastle fans’ welcome – looks good in black and white stripes 😀

Habib told this afternoon:

“When I went out onto the pitch before kick-off it was amazing,”

“The reception the fans gave me was incredible and it made me feel so welcome.”

“I said to my dad and agent when I came off the pitch that I couldn’t believe how much they applauded me.”

“Hopefully that is a sign of things to come and I can have a good relationship with the Newcastle fans.”

That’s a good sign from our new signing, who received excellent reviews from Newcastle fans, who have followed his exploits at Marseilles these last few years. Seems like Habib will love playing in front of the Newcastle faithful at St. James’ Park and hopefully will give us some inspired performances. Although Newcastle United get credit for their fanatical and loyal supporters it is much greater than most people realize, or even understand, in other parts of the country. Newcastle is by far the biggest city in England with only one football team, but that only partly explains the support.

Beye recalled when he played at St. James” Park in the UEFA Cup semi-final in 2004, when he had a sparkling game in a 0-0 draw. Marseilles won the second leg 2-0 in France with two fabulous goals from one Didier Drogba.

Beye continued:

“I remember how much pressure the fans put on us on that night,”

“It was a great atmosphere and I can’t wait to play for Newcastle at St. James’ Park, that will be a special moment.”

Beye has returned home to Marseilles for a few days apparently, but will be back at Newcastle this week to join his new team-mates at the club’s Benton training ground. We even expect Habib to be given his debut at Derby County, on Monday evening, September 17th, since he is match fit having started 4 games for Marseilles this season.

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • Matthew Tom

    Sep 4, 2007 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Of course they were cheering. Maybe Habib hasn’t realised how long it’s been since we had a proper quality right back (has there been one since Warren Barton?)

  • G.

    Sep 4, 2007 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #2

    I would have wanted Newcastle to chase Anthony Vandenborre, along with Kompany, being Belgian’s best young and upcoming defender(s), possible international superstar(s). And i ain’t saying this because i’m belgian myself.
    Too bad Vandenborre signed for Fiorentina, but i think NUFC should keep on eye on him if he ever comes available.

    Beye though is a great addition to our squad. A quality RB is what we needed and what we got, so we can’t complain.
    Can’t wait to see him play.

    for the ones who saw the match vs wigan, what was the back 4 like?
    Zog, Roz, Cacapa & Tayls?

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 4, 2007 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Matthew – exactly 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 4, 2007 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #4

    G. Roz and Cacapa were very strong and steady at the back – we would think these will have be first choice given the way they played in last 2 games together. They look very accomplished and Cacapa reads the game superbly. Charles was his usual self – great and very energetic. Taylor had another good game – and could have had two goals. Once was from a header from a corner that thumped against the cross-bar – and the other was called for offside from a free kick when he belted the ball in from close range. But it was a dubious offside on Ameobi, who didn’t seem to be affecting the play. But that was Newcastle’s luck on Saturday – none.

  • Joe

    Sep 4, 2007 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #5

    It wasn’t that loud like, lol.

  • Plug

    Sep 4, 2007 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Leeds is a far bigger city than Newcastle, and have only one team (Leeds United).

  • Hadji

    Sep 4, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #7

    G….Vandenbore is good i must say but he’s more like Cicinho type which is more attacking minded.With Beye we have a Guardian Demon at the Rb who’s gonna eat Cristiano Ronaldo for breakfast as soon the Red Devils play against us.I hate to say this but ask Shearer how he felt when he had Beye as his faithfull shadow.

  • Hadji

    Sep 4, 2007 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Once in Europe we should go for Pablo Ledesma from Boca Juniors who’s in terrific form this year,he’s a midfielder and scored 4 goals so far this season out of 5 games i think.

  • JJ

    Sep 4, 2007 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #9

    I really feels Sam’s tactics having strong defenders rather than attackers as full backs is genius.
    Whats the point in having fullbacks that bomb forward when if they are weak defenders, the wingers have to drop back to cover?
    When Enrique and Beye are in the side, I can really see Zog/Duff and Milner showing their true creative freedom on the flanks.
    There job is to create not defend, now they can do just that. And with they strikers we have, if chances are created goals will be scored.
    Every supporter on earth knew what was wrong…yet it took five managers too come and go before the problems were sorted out.
    We kept purchasing players of “superb potential” for millions, ie. Viana, Tomasson, Anderson, Jenas, Dyer, that never produced more than glimpses of hope.
    Yet our true young stars are coming through at minimal cost. Zog cost 250k, Milner 3.5m, Taylor (youth system).
    It is so great to watch a game and see a manager with a plan in place.
    How good does Rozenhal look! He is only 26!!! And Zog is so much better than Nani or Anderson who cost Man U millions.
    This season is gona be so exciting,,,,damn international break!!!
    Top five would be great, with a few upsets by beating some big boys along the way would top it off.
    I dont even mind injuries because there is so much quality to come in.
    Go boys go!!!

  • JoshI

    Sep 4, 2007 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #10

    I don’t know if anyone noticed, but isnt our GD 2 not 3? maybe im being thick but im sure its 2 lol

  • JoshI

    Sep 4, 2007 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #11

    No it is actually 3 but we have scored 6 and it says 5 on the stats, just thought i would point that out Ed.

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 4, 2007 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Josh – it’s 3 because we won 2 and drew 2. The wins were 3-1 and 1-0 – so our GD is 3.

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 4, 2007 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Plug – you are absolutely right.
    I’ll have to think of another reason – but I’ve heard this fact many times so I’m a bit confused – don’t worry – that’s nothing new 😀

    According to the 2001 UK census the Leeds Urban Area had a population of 457,247 while the metropolitan district, City of Leeds had a population of 747,939 and is one of England’s core cities.

    According to the UK Government’s 2001 census,[8] the city of Newcastle has a population of 189,863, whereas the unitary authority of Newcastle has a population of around 259,500. However, the metropolitan boroughs of North Tyneside (population c.190,000), South Tyneside (population c. 150,000) and Gateshead (population c.200,000) are also part of the Tyneside conurbation, giving the Newcastle-Gateshead metropolitan area a population of 799,000.

  • JoshI

    Sep 4, 2007 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #14

    We have scored 6 this season have we not?

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 4, 2007 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #15

    It abit early to say who we should sign in January but are you still aware we can sign free agents and considering there is a possible slight void left by Dyer and Solano leaving why not try and lure JSV. BSA normally does well with ageing players. He could be useful.

  • LiamBirchy8

    Sep 4, 2007 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #16

    who is JSV????

  • G.

    Sep 4, 2007 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #17

    you make a good point!
    would love to see Beye play ronaldo out of the game vs united

  • Keep Oba

    Sep 4, 2007 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Yea the Newcastle Metro area is probably ever so slightly bigger than the Leeds one, which is probably more important than the city lines just drawn through neighborhoods. Leeds does have a team that is growing and in the conference, Farsley Celtic and probably capitalizing on Leeds Uniteds current stumble. If Farsley ever squeaks out and into the league then they wont have any say on this “biggest city with only one team” deal. Also…I kinda like Newcastle’s current position (6th in the Premier) rather than Leeds’ (last in League One) so if they need that biggest city with one team title to suit them, so be it.

  • Keep Oba

    Sep 4, 2007 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #19

    hmm…Ed’s standings have us at 5th…but I am pretty sure we are 6th since Man City (9) , Chelski, Everton, Arse, and Pool (all with 10) are ahead of us

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 4, 2007 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #20

    JSV is Juan Sebastian Veron

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 4, 2007 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Juan Sebastian Veron

  • JoshI

    Sep 4, 2007 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Dont see why we would need him in January. Barton, Emre and Duff should be back strong by then.

  • evil dick

    Sep 4, 2007 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Ed why don’t you just put us first in the table that would be nice.

  • Dirk

    Sep 5, 2007 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #24

    when every1 is fit we’d hav a second team full of players more than capable of takin on the prem!.
    first team.



    second team


  • PK-Norway

    Sep 5, 2007 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #25

    Dirk where is Martins?i prefer Martins and Owen on top on first team.And maybe Emre for Geremi,Cacapa for captain.

  • PK-Norway

    Sep 5, 2007 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #26

    More like :


    —————- ——- Martins————–Owen————————–


    Away games maybe a more defensive with Geremi in the middle..And Viduka on top.I think with Martins and Owen on top we have two pacefull strikers who moves a lot…dont think defenders in Premier League will like to face fit Martins and Owen:D

  • Cockney Magpie

    Sep 5, 2007 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #27

    i notice martins didnt make it in either team, any reason? or jus mistake?

  • Keep Oba

    Sep 5, 2007 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #28

    Well…Martins should be on that first team with Owen…yes I know…two short attackers…but hey…in three minutes together on saturday they connected.

  • Ross

    Sep 5, 2007 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #29

    beye cacapa rozehnal enrique
    milner barton smith zogs
    owen martins

    i’d like to start like that…at home definitly. 4 strong defenders, and a very attacking midfield.
    obviously rotate taylor in at center back, with either, both will help him learn.
    i’d like to find a place for geremi, but he hasnt looked great in the midfield, and habib beye is a very good rightback.
    who knows though.
    bring on derby!

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 5, 2007 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #30

    I updated the league table – we are 6th and Blackburn just below us.

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 5, 2007 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #31

    Josh – you’re right we have scored 6 – updated the league table with this.

  • Hadji

    Sep 5, 2007 at 2:36 AM

    Comment #32

    Hey guys i just read about the prizes from the Tv rights.The total for the whole season is 2 and a half billion pounds,the prize for the team who will finish last this season will receive 34 mill pounds.Hmm…I wonder how much we’ll receive for finishing 5th.I hope more than enough to cover our depths of 50 mill.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 5, 2007 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #33

    Great signing and looking forward to him settling into the side and making the RB position his own.

    The international break will work out well for Newcastle (provided we don’t pick up any injuries); it allows Beye, Faye and Enrique additional time to get match fit while allowing Viduka, Emre and Barton time to recover from injury.

    Barton is the person I’m most excited about as he’s good enough to split the Lampard/Gerrard England midfield on his day; but let’s face it, when did the Lampard/Gerrard midfield ever work well together?

  • Greg

    Sep 5, 2007 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #34

    mathew did you use the words quality and warren barton in the same sentence?

  • Lunghit

    Sep 5, 2007 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #35

    Is there a channel that broadcast all Newcastle matches?
    Like MUTV for an example….and if so, how can I get hold of this channel?

  • Lunghit

    Sep 5, 2007 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #36

    TV-channel that is….

  • Steve

    Sep 5, 2007 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #37

    @lunghit – you can sign up to – they show highlights of all games 48 hours after the event – or have a look at the nufcblog forum for videos/streams of games (usually posted quicker than

  • Obafan

    Sep 5, 2007 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #38

    Wait till he plays. Beye will receive more than one applause for his upcoming performances. He is pure quality.

    Vandenborre is way overrated (I’m Belgian and I’ve seen him that many times in action); he attacks in a strange way trying to deliver impossible passes. And his defending s*cks.
    Kompany is better, but IMO also lots of mistakes in his defensive game; is a good technical player though. But I don’t want either of them in NUFC, just not good enough.

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 5, 2007 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #39

    There are so many good young Belgians. Defour, Fallaini, Gearerts to name a few but the best one has to be Dembele. Only one who is ready to play properly.

  • Dane

    Sep 6, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #40

    i dnt no wot our best eleven is anymore the squad seems to look really strong fairplay to Big Sam for sorting us out what a hero


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